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Take the following online test to see how well you would do in getting interviewed
for a job.
Based on the results of the test, what do you want to improve? Consider the
guidelines in the following sections.
© Copyright Sheri Mazurek
A recent article in Wall Street Journal discussed eight blunders made by job
seekers. The list included:
- Entitlement syndrome- asking for things such as free lunch at the conclusion
of the interview
- Behaving rudely- examples included bringing a child to the interview or
opening a sandwich during the interview
- Acting arrogantly-accepting a call during the interview
- Lies, lies, lies- a candidate falsely claimed a referral from a company
- Dressing down- wearing jeans or attire that doesn’t fit to an interview
- Oversharing- sharing personal information
- Saying thanks with gifts- sending gifts instead of a simple note to thank
- Sporting a mom-and-dad complex- having mom or dad contact the interviewer
For those you who recruit regularly, you are can probably relate to this list
and can most likely share your own horror stories of things candidates have
done in the interview process. My list of recruiting blunders seems to be a
little more common than the WSJ list, but still equally as damaging and many
applicants seem to be oblivious to the fact that they ruin their chances of
- Sending in a resume with the changes marked (track changes function in
word still showing)
- Not completing the application
- Submitting an application full of grammatical, spelling, or typographical
- Not following the application directions
- Lies or fabrications on the resume or application (although these will be
found in the background checks, many candidates seem to forget their own lies
and admit the falsehoods in the interview or show the inconsistencies between
the resume and the application)
- Arriving late to the interview without an explanation or apology
- Knowing absolutely nothing about the company or the position
Additional Perspectives on Interviewing for a Job
There is an extensive amount of information on the Internet
about interviewing for a job.
Do you know why you didn’t get the interview?
6 Signs Your Job Interview Went Well
Getting a New Boss? Interview Again for Your
Why Do I Have to Interview For an Internal
How to Handle Rejection
The 6 Crappiest Interview Questions – The Oatmeal
Company Reorganization: How to Stay Employed
A Panel Interview: Create a Great Impression
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